Cruise lines begin dropping port calls in Brunei
Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas intend to drop port calls in Brunei, while Crystal Cruises is “monitoring the situation” after the country introduced a new penal code that potentially affects some passengers, according to Cruise Arabia & Africa.
“Princess Cruises is aware of the news stories circulating about the country of Brunei… we are looking at one itinerary in May 2020 and another in January 2021 that currently include a port call to Brunei, with the intention to make changes to those itineraries,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.
“At Princess Cruises we celebrate diversity and equality and would avoid any location where any guests are not treated with dignity and respect,” the statement added.
There are currently eight cruise lines with scheduled port calls in Brunei between now and 2021, including Silversea, Crystal Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Hapag-Lloyd, Star Clippers and Princess.
In a separate statement, Regent Seven Seas confirmed that its ship Seven Seas Voyager would no longer be calling in Brunei this year.
“At Regent Seven Seas Cruises the safety and well-being of our guests and crew is always our top priority. We closely monitor issues around the globe and if we have concerns, we will alter itineraries or shore excursion offerings accordingly,” a spokesperson for the line said.
“Given the recent information that has come to light, we’ve made the decision to cancel all future calls to Muara, Brunei.”
Crystal Cruises, meanwhile, which has scheduled port calls in the country on February 17th and 23rd, 2021, said that it would be taking a wait and see approach.
“Crystal Cruises does not comment publicly about the cultures of the destinations it visits, but does encourage guests to determine whether to visit a country or destination according to their own discretion,” it said in a statement.
“The safety and security of our guests and crew is paramount and we continually monitor the security situations in the regions to which we travel.”